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  1. Tips for Success With the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet - Get started

    A list of contributors to the topic on Tips for Success with the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet.

  2. High Cholesterol: Healthy Food Choices - Topic Overview

    Eating healthy foods might help you lower high cholesterol. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes. Try these healthy food choices to help lower your cholesterol.Meats, poultry, fish, and protein from vegetablesWhite-meat chicken and turkey (remove the skin before eating)Lean cuts of meat, like round, sirloin, and extra-lean ground beefFresh fish and shellfish (don't batter or fry)Pork leg, shoulder, and tenderloinDry beans and peasBreads, grains, rice, pastaWhole wheat bread and bagelsSoft corn tortillas, low-fat flour tortillas, and whole wheat tortillasWhole-grain crackers and soda crackersOatmeal and other high-fiber, low-sugar cerealsBrown rice and whole wheat pastaMilk, yogurt, cheese, eggsFat-free or low-fat milkFat-free or low-fat yogurt with little added sugarCheese that is low-fat or nonfatEgg substitutes and egg whitesMargarine or spread with no trans fat (usually soft or liquid

  3. High Cholesterol: Effect of Food on Cholesterol - Topic Overview

    Food can affect the amounts of cholesterol in your blood. Some foods raise cholesterol. Other foods help lower cholesterol.The table below lists different foods and drinks and how they affect your total cholesterol level, your HDL (good) cholesterol, and your LDL (bad) cholesterol.Effects of different foods and drinks on your cholesterolDietary elementExamplesEffect on your cholesterol levelAlcoholRed wineWhite wineBeerHard liquorModerate consumption (up to 1 drink a day for a woman; 1 or 2 a day for a man) may raise your HDL. But doctors don't recommend starting to drink alcohol to raise your HDL.More than 2 drinks a day may raise triglyceride levels in people who are overweight or who have high triglyceride levels.Heavy drinking greatly increases risk of heart and liver damage, addiction, and other serious health problems.Dietary cholesterolEgg yolksPoultry, especially skinRed meat, especially organ meatsDairy products that are not low-fat (1%) or nonfat Shellfish Raises total blood

  4. High Cholesterol: Using the TLC Diet

    Diet changes are usually the first step in lowering high cholesterol before medicines are added. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes alone. What is the TLC diet? Why is the TLC diet a good idea? How do you follow the TLC diet? Where to go from here High Cholesterol ...

  5. Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) - Things you can do

    Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) may help you lower LDL cholesterol. The lifestyle changes include diet, exercise, weight loss, and other changes.

  6. High Cholesterol: How a Dietitian Can Help - Topic Overview

    Millions of Americans struggle to lose weight and improve their diets. Finding a diet that works for you and then staying with it can be a huge challenge. Registered dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition,particularly for promoting general health and treating conditions,such as high cholesterol. A dietitian can evaluate your diet and create a cholesterol-lowering plan and detailed menu ...

  7. Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet for High Cholesterol - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. High Cholesterol: Using the TLC Diet

  8. Diseases Linked to High Cholesterol

    High cholesterol increases the risk of other conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

  9. Treatments for Advanced Atherosclerosis

    The two main treatment options for advanced atherosclerosis include angioplasty with stenting and bypass surgery. Find out more.

  10. Glossary of Cholesterol Terms

    Here's a glossary of terms associated with high cholesterol.

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Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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